Arsene Wenger has yet another headache. The Frenchman might need to put up a strong fight to hold back his sentinel, Laurent Koscielny since the bidders are none other than Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
The Sun quoted an Arsenal insider saying: â€œLaurent is aware of Bayernâ€™s interest and has talked about it with other players. No one knows how it will end up but anything is possible. Itâ€™s worrying because itâ€™s a very attractive option for him to sign for the Champions League winners, who will have Pep Guardiola as manager next season.â€
As reported before, Pep Guardiola is interested in putting his stamp on the already strong Bayern Munich squad. The incoming boss has a massive transfer budget at his disposal and he would wish to make the most out of it. His present interest Laurent Koscielny could be vital to the Bavarian Giants to fill in for Daniel Van Buyten, who is approaching the twilight of his career and Holger Badstuber, who has been ruled out for the next 10 months to undergo surgery on a serious knee injury.
However, Arsene Wenger would not be willing to even think of parting with the 27 year old, for whom the German side are ready to pay as much as Â£15 million. The 63 year old has already reeled under the loss of big names countless times and would not wish a repeat of that with Koscielny, especially since he is en route to building a better and stronger Gunnersâ€™ squad.
Koscielny has excelled under Wenger, after coming on as a replacement for the under performing Thomas Vermaelen in the latter half of this season. The 27 year old, who has become a regular first team starter for the Les Bleus, has been pivotal in the Gunnersâ€™ recent 10 match unbeaten run in the Premier League, which helped in their qualification for the Champions League on the last day of the season. He has build up a formidable backline association along with German Per Mertesacker, and Wenger would certainly not wish to see this partnership getting disrupted at such a crucial time.
However, Koscielny himself has sparked controversy by telling Eurosport:Â “It is hard to not win titles year after year. We are competitors, professionals, we want to win. I want to add to my list of achievements. If Arsenal cannot allow me that, I’ll seek a move elsewhere.”
Wenger looks to have his work cut out for him this summer as the European Champions come calling for a player who could well ask to leave